OIST Mini Symposia 2020/2021

The category “OIST Mini Symposia” – a small-scale symposium with the duration of 2-3 days – addresses a specific scientific theme or topic, focusing on current trends and recent findings in the field of interest. Unlike OIST Workshops, talks at the Mini Symposia can be highly technical and specific for the field of research of the organizing unit.

We ask for you understanding that the dates are subject to change due to the the current COVID-19 situation.






Marine Biophysics Unit (Satoshi Mitarai, Associate Professor)

Seeing is Believing: integrating next-gen sequencing with high-throughput &  high-resolution imaging in marine microbial ecology

2020-09-23 - 09-25

OIST Seaside House

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Evolutionary Genomics Unit (Thomas Bourguignon, Assistant Professor)

Phylogeny and classification of termites

2022-11-30 - 12-02
2020-11-30 - 12-02
2021-11-30 - 12-0

OIST Main Campus

Postponed to Nov 2022 due to COVID-19

Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit (Paola Laurino, Assistant Professor)

New proteins by evolution and engineering

2021-11-15 - 11-17
2020-12-02 - 12-04

All online

Postponed to Nov 2021 due to COVID-19. Will be held online.

Analysis on Metric Spaces Unit (Xiaodan Zhou, Assistant Professor)

Partial Differential Equations under Various Metrics

2020-12-08 - 12-11
2020-12-07 - 12-09

 All online


Human Developmental Neurobiolog Unit (Gail Tripp, Professor)

Translating evidence on altered motivational processes in ADHD into behavioral management strategies: Toward new research ideas

2022-01-18 - 01-20
*Tentative new dates*
2020-12-14 - 12-16

OIST Main Campus

Postponed to Jan 2022 due to COVID-19

Light-Matter Interactions for Quantum Technologies Unit (Síle Nic Chormaic, Professor)

Exploring the frontiers of functional photonics

2021-01-07 - 01-08
2022-01-06 - 01/07

OIST Seaside House

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Representation Theory and Algebraic Combinatorics Unit (Liron Speyer, Assistant Professor)

Representation theory and combinatorics of symmetric groups

2021-01-25 - 01-27
*Tentativly rescheduled mid-late 2022. Dates TBD* 

OIST Main Campus (Lab4)

Postponed to mid-late 2022 due to COVID-19

Quantum Machines Unit (Jason Twamley, Professor)

Quantum sensors of magnetic and inertial forces

2021-01-19 - 01-21
*Rescheduled as a series of talks between Feb - March 2021*

All online


Neuronal Mechanism for Critical Period Unit (Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama, Associate Professor)

Sex differences in neural circuits

2021-02-24 - 02-25
*Postponed to early 2022 (FY2021). New dates TBD*

OIST Main Campus (Lab4)

Postponed to early 2022 due to COVID-19

Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit (Amy Shen, Professor)

Yielding and Flow of Soft Matter Systems

2022-02-28 - 03-02
*Tentative new dates*
2021-03-14 - 02-16

OIST Main Campus (Lab4)

Postponed to March 2022 due to COVID-19

Ecology and Evolution Unit (Alexander Mikheyev, Associate Professor)

Honey bee health in a changing world

2021-03-22 - 03-24

Online (Zoom) & OIST Conference Center - Meeting Roms

This mini symposium will be held in a hybrid format (online+onsite participation)

*OIST Mini Symposia are held in accordance to the Japanese fiscal year, starting April 1st of the ongoing and ending March 31st of the following calendar year. 

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